Digvijay joins Mundy at the top
Sourav to play but Rohan will lead
Amanjyot, Megha top seeds
Dhillon to lead
City chess meet deferred
Don Bosco, BVB third
Mumbai Racing/ Indian Derby looks wide open
Bangalore Racing/ Symphony of Fire may strike
Bangalore Racing/ Upset win for Desert Gold

Calcutta, Feb. 1: 
Digvijay Singh produced some brilliant iron-play in the closing stages to catch up with overnight leader Uttam Singh Mundy after the third round of the inaugural Rs 10 lakh The Telegraph Open at RCGC today.

With a round to go in the 18th leg of the Hero Honda Indian PGA Tour, the city-based Mundy and Digvijay were tied at three-under 213. Delhi’s Gaurav Ghei was placed third, just three strokes behind at even-par 216. A close finish, thus, is very much on the cards.

Another local player, Inderjit Bhalotia was fourth at three-over 219. Lucknow’s Vijay Kumar came up with a superb four-under 68 to catch up with Delhi’s Shamim Khan at fifth place with 220.

Three more from the city — Rafiq Ali, S.S.P. Chowrasia and Firoz Ali — were tied for the seventh place along with Mukesh Kumar at 221. Mukesh, leader in the race for the Player of the Year award, returned a three-over today after consecutive rounds of one-over.

Firoz, the leader after Round I, hit a disappointing five-over with Chowrasia going three-over. Rafiq was one-over in the third round.

Like Vijay, Ali Sher carded the day’s best score of four-under but was placed 12th at 223 with three others, following some erratic performance in the earlier rounds.

Digvijay, in his third season as professional, proved again why he is considered one of the most talented. The Meerut based golfer who celebrated his birthday on Wednesday, is eyeing the title now.

“I was completely focussed today,” he said. “Somebody asked me whether I knew I was one stroke behind Uttam before I hit my approach shot to eight feet from the pin on the final hole. The truth is, I was not aware and nor did I really care. This whole week, I have just been concentrating on my own game.”

It wasn’t exactly smooth sailing for Digvijay as he dropped shots early in his round, one each on the second and third to sit at two-over on the fourth tee. However, he birdied the fifth and sixth and did so again in the 15th and 17th to jump to the top.

The Eveready-sponsored Mundy was somewhat off-colour on the greens today. He hit the ball well enough but the putts just refused to sink. “Even my chipping was a shade below standard. On the final hole, I left my nine-iron short of the green and missed a simple four-foot putt. That cost me the sole lead,” Mundy said.

Like Digvijay, Mundy too erred early and dropped a shot on the second. He recovered with birdies on the fifth and ninth and went on to birdie the 17th with a superb 15-footer. However, another blunder on the closing hole halted his progress.

Meanwhile, Aditya Khaitan opened up a 13-stroke lead over Anshuman Fogla in the amateur category. Khaitan’s tally of 21-over 237 included a third-round score of 80.

SCORES (after 54 holes)

213: Digvijay Singh (73,70,70), Uttam Singh Mundy (72,70,71); 216: Gaurav Ghei (74,69,73); 219: Inderjit Bhalotia (71,75,73); 220: Vijay Kumar (76,76,68), Shamim Khan (78,71,71); 221: Rafiq Ali (75,73,73), S.S.P. Chowrasia (76,70,75), Mukesh Kumar (73,73,75), Firoz Ali (69,75,77).


Calcutta, Feb. 1: 
Sourav Ganguly has been included in the Bengal squad for the Ranji Trophy quarter final tie versus Gujarat but Rohan Gavaskar stays captain. Officially, that is.

Sourav was keen to lead Bengal in this crucial game. A section of the selectors too were in favour of putting Sourav in charge. But the CAB bosses did not wish to demoralise Rohan who has been instrumental in bringing a new spirit into the team.

Chief selector Ashok Malhotra was hard-pressed to explain the captaincy issue after the hour-and-a-half meeting. “Rohan has been selected skipper for the whole season. If there is a change of plan or mind, it will only happen once Sourav comes in. You always know who is in charge when the India captain is around. We’re more like a family and too much should not be read into it.”

It hardly took much time to effect only one change to the squad that beat Rajasthan in the pre-quarters, Nikhil Haldipur making way for Sourav. Most of the time was, however, devoted to the captaincy issue. Hectic parleys continued between CAB officials, the selectors and president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was away in his own office, to sort it out.

The chief selector also said that Deep Dasgupta’s fellow opener has not been decided. “It could either be Amitava Chakraborty, Alokendu Lahiri or Subhradeep Ganguly.”


Rohan Gavaskar (captain), Sourav Ganguly, Utpal Chatterjee, Deep Dasgupta, Devang Gandhi, Alokendu Lahiri, Subhamoy Das, Subhradeep Ganguly, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Sourashish Lahiri, Ranadeb Bose, Amitava Chakraborty, Shabbir Ali, Sanjib Sanyal.

S.P. Roy CCC champions

S.P. Roy Memorial CCC, Jalpaiguri emerged champions in the CAB inter-coaching camp junior (115 point) meet today. In a thrilling final they beat Agragami CCC, Siliguri by one wicket.

BRIEF SCORES: Agragami CCC 143/4 in 40 ovs (Pankaj Bhagat 53 n.o., Sandip Dey 19, Extras 46). S.P. Roy MCCC 144/9 in 39.4 (Md Ripu Khan 29, Subai Das 32, Sanjay Sharma 20, Extras 28; Abed Ali 3/26).


Calcutta, Feb. 1: 
Amanjyot Singh and Megha Vakharia of India have been given top billing in the boys’ and girls’ sections, respectively, in the Bharat Petroleum ITF junior meet to be played at the DKS courts from Monday to February 9.

The meet has gained in prominence with a Group IV status after being rated a notch lower earlier. The singles events will have 32 entries each with half the number completing the field in the doubles competitions.

Four boys and girls each have been given wild cards and an equal number of players will come through the qualifiers in each category. City youngster Rupesh Roy is the only Indian boy to clinch a wild card while all four girls to enjoy the privilege are Indians.

Among foreign teams, China have sent in seven entries, Indonesia six, Bangladesh five and Israel four. There are also participants from Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and France.

Amanjyot is ranked 53rd in the world among juniors and second seed Rohan Gajjar is 85th. Among girls, Megha is ranked 88th, second seed Isha Lakhani 159th and No. 3 Sana Bhambri 204th.

The singles winners will get 40 ranking points and the losing finalists 30 each. The doubles champions gain 30 each with those coming second sharing 40 points.

The qualifiers begin tomorrow. Incidentally, Narahenpitage Udanthi of France, the winner of the girls’ title in the Sri Lanka leg of the meet, will also have to play the qualifiers. According to organisers, she expressed keenness to participate after entries were closed.


BOYS: 1. Amanjyot Singh 2. Rohan Gajjar 3. Jaco T. Matthew 4. Rishi Behl 5. Saurabh Singh 6. Al Imron (Ina) 7. Somdev Varman 8. Divij Sharan.

GIRLS: 1. Megha Vakaria 2. Isha Lakhani 3. Sana Bhambri 4. Ariana Stefanie Maya Rosa (Ina) 5. Nandita Chandrasekhar 6. Krushmi Chedda 7. Samrita Sekhar 8. Hsuan Hwang (Chi Tpe).


New Delhi, Feb. 1: 
Punjab Police’s 27-year-old deputy superintendent Baljit Singh Dhillon was today chosen captain of the 22-member Indian hockey squad for the forthcoming tenth World Cup in Kuala Lumpur from February 24 to March 9. This will be Dhillon’s first World Cup, having missed the Utrecht tournament four years ago because of an injury.

Seven members from the squad which finished ninth in Utrecht remain, said IHF president K. P. S. Gill. They include Dhanraj Pillay who is playing his fourth successive World Cup, a feat achieved only by the great Ashok Kumar (1971, 1973, 1975 and 1978).

The other six who did duty in Utrecht are goalkeeper Jude Menezes, defenders Dilip Tirkey and Lazarus Barla, Calcutta-born midfielder Baljit Singh Saini and Thirumalvalavan and crafty playmaker Sabu Varkey. The squad also contains 11 players who won the Junior World Cup in Perth last year.

Coach Cedric D’Souza said that the team will have a ten day camp in Ipoh as the System 5 turf there is the same as in Kuala Lumpur.

THE INDIAN POOL: India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, England, Cuba, Poland and Australia.

THE SQUAD: Goalkeepers: Jude Menezes and Devesh Chauhan. Defenders: Dilip Tirkey, Lazarus Barla, Kanwalpreet Singh, Jugraj Singh and Len Ayyapa. Midfielders: S. S. Gill, Ignace Tirkey, S. Thirumalvalavan, Vikram Pillay, Arjun Halappa, Baljit Saini and Bimal Lakra. Forwards: Dhanraj Pillay, Daljit Singh Dhillon, Gagan Ajit Singh, Deepak Thakur, Prabhjot Singh, Baljit Singh Dhillon, Sabu Varkey and Bipin Fernandez.Standbyes: Kamaldeep Singh (goalkeeper), Dinesh Nayak (defender) and Viren Rasquina (midfielder).Coach: Cedric D’Souza. Assistant coach: C. R. Kumar. Manager: N. K. Batra.

India’s matches: Vs Japan (Feb. 24), vs Korea (Feb. 26), vs Malaysia (Feb. 27), vs England (March 1), vs Cuba (March 2) vs Poland (March 4) and vs Australia (March 5).


Calcutta, Feb. 1: 
The Goodricke International Open chess tournament, scheduled to be held in the city from February 6, has been deferred and will begin on March 17.

According to an official of the Goodricke Chess Academy, this is the first time the tournament has been postponed.

The official explained the meet has been rescheduled as there would otherwise be very little gap between it and the National A championship which gets over in Nagpur Monday. “Also, there is going to be a big tournament in Moscow from February 11.”

The top Indian players are taking part in National A and those taking part in the Moscow meet are also interested in playing the Goodricke Open — the biggest chess tournament in India.

“Several players, Indians and foreigners, and even some national federations have requested us to readjust the dates, since they don’t want to miss the Goodricke meet,” the official said.

He informed Bikaner will host the Asian Open incorporating the Asian under-18 championship from February 19. There will also be an international tournament in Chattisgarh from March 15.


Calcutta, Feb. 1: 
Don Bosco (Park Circus) and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan finished third in the boys’ and girls’ sections respectively in the inter-school tennis championship at the SAI Centre today.


BOYS: Don Bosco bt Calcutta Boys 2-1 (Nirvick Mohinta bt Utsav Goswami 6-0, 6-1; Vinay Sethia lost to Sabyasachi Bose 0-6, 2-6; Mohinta & Sethia bt Bose & Mitra 6-2, 6-1). GIRLS: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan bt Modern HS 2-1(Alpa Maheshwari lost to Sneha Sinha 6-7 (4-7), 5-7; Rohini Das bt Sreshtha Chatterjee 6-1, 6-0; Maheshwari & Das bt Sinha & Chatterjee 6-3, 6-2).

Consular golf

The inaugural Consular Corps of Calcutta Invitational golf tournament started at the Tollygunge Club today. The Republic of South Africa, led by Rajeev Rungta grabbed the honours with a gross tally of 10-under.

The Bhutan team led by Chhindo Wasman came second, two strokes behind the leaders. Team Goodricke were third at 11-under 59.


Mumbai, Feb. 1: 
The humble beginning that was made way back in the year 1943 has blossomed into one the biggest and certainly the most glamorous event on the Indian turf. From a meager stake of Rs 10,000 the Indian Derby has come a long way with, in excess of, Rs 43 lakh marked as the McDowell Indian Derby winner’s purse, thanks to UB Group that has been associated with the prized event for 18 yearsThere are 18 horses, including six fillies, in the field and the 2002 Derby is being considered to be the most open events in recent times. Wild Eagle, The Pelican, Pleasure Hunt, Ansbach, El Campeador, Starsky and more are flexing their muscles as each of them is considered a champion in its own right. No single horse has been able to dominate the western India classic this season, thus the confusion. Wild Eagle shamed the colts in the guineas, The Pelican was a comfortable winner of the Ruia Cup over 2,000m, and whatever the jinx, trainer M. K. Yadav has his hopes high for the Derby. Pleasure Hunt simply treated her Oaks’ rivals as a bunch of novices. But Imtiaz Sait is not the one to go to town, though his list of Derby winners is not small. “I think, I can win the Derby,” has always been the modest comment of the man who trained the great Saddle up. Ansbach seeks another chance after his good second on an untested western India ground. Aslam Kader could not be blamed for not being sanguine about his staying prowess but he does desire the Derby pace to be a shade better than moderate. The question of pace is, however, worrying Vinayak Gaekwad most. El Campeador is one in the bracket of till-the-cows-come-back and stamina is painted all over the Serious Spender-Abid’ance son. And there are the likes of Starskys and Salt Lakes who command espect because of thier shrewd owners, MAM Ramaswamy and Vijay Mallaya. There are going to be eight foreign riders, including four who are making an airdash just for a ride.    

Bangalore, Feb. 1: 
Symphony Of Fire from Z. Darashah’s yard is fancied to win the Bangalore Turf Club Trophy here tomorrow. K. P. Appu partners the Bold Russian- Something Fabulous mare.


2 pm: Fly Past 1. Imperial Force 2. Abhimanyu \3.

2.30 pm: Daiimio 1. Might 2. Sheer Blossoms 3.

3 pm: Noble Nancy 1. Ideal Cut 2. Secret Silver 3.

3.30 pm: Mehvish 1. Golden Fellowship 2. Step In Time 3.

4 pm: Symphony Of Fire 1. Blue Hare 2. Ally Mcbeal 3.

4.30 pm: Swinging Conquest 1.Different Ballgame 2. Brora 3.

5 pm: Fantasy Bay 1. In A Flash 2. Aveste 3

5.30 pm: South Cove 1. Caape City 2. Selena 3.

Day’s Best: Noble Nancy

Double:. Fantasy Bay & South Cove


Bangalore, Feb. 1: 
The M. Valavi-trained five-year-old Desert Gold, posted an upset victory in the R. W. I. T. C. Cup, in Bangalore on Friday. P. Prithviraj partnered the winner


With inter-state dividends)

1. February Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (2-8-9) Cold Fire (Shakti) 1; Florale 2; Dancing Clear 3. Won by: 3/4; 6; (1-16.1). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 13; 15; 18; Quinella: 67; Tanala: 328. Fav: Cold Fire (2).

2. Dharmastala Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (1-4-3) Peasian Goddess 1; Auric 2; Luca Brassi 3. Won by: SH; 3-3/4; (1-18.1). Tote:Win Rs 62; Place: 19; 17; 23; Quinella: 138; Tanala: 1,430. Fav: Galore (6).

3. February Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (5-1-8) Bold Bird (Prakash) 1; Slanka 2; Southern Goddess 3. Not run: Strombolix (2). Won by: 6-1/4; 9; (1-16). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 11; 12; 14; Quinella: 22; Tanala: 100. Fav: Slanka (1).

4. B. G. Kosalram Memorial Plate 1,800m: (2-8-9) Royal Debut (Srinath) 1; Stomic Fusion 2; Anzac 3. Not run: Three to Count (5). Won by: 3-3/4; 1/2; (1-58.6). Tote: Win Rs 121; Place: 31; 26; 16; Quinella: 333; Tanala: 2,521. Fav: Odeon (11).

5. R. W I. T. C. Cup 1,400m: (8-7-4) Desert Gold (Prithviraj) 1; Back Balance 2; Star Festival 3. Won by: SH; SH; (1-29). Tote: Win Rs 219; Place: 44; 69; 22; Quinella: 3,231; Tanala: 71,070. Fav: Magic Stride (7).

6. Dharmastthala Plate Div-I 1,200m: (3-1-2) Numitz (Ramesh) 1; Shara 2; Caludius 3. Won by: 3; Sh; 3-1/4; (1-17.4). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 15; 17; 25; Quinelal: 53; Tanala: 626.Fav: Nimitz (3).

7. Yadavagiri Cup 1,600m: (4-3-8) Whatmore (Appu) 1; Sacristia 2; Fereneze 3. Won by: 6; 3/4; (1-42.6).Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 10; 14; 78; Quinella: 21; Tanala: 438. Fav: Whatmore (4).

8. Doddaballapur Plate 1,200m: (4-8-10) Xorra (F. Ismail) 1; Bacardi Star 2; Omni Presence 3. Not run: Cat Catcher 3. Won by: 1; 3/4; (1-19). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 48; 39; 141; Quinella: 2,584; Tanala: 2,584. Fav: Xorra (4)

Jackpot: Rs 23,363. (C) Rs 5, 192.

Treble: (i) Rs 1,805; (ii) Rs 110.


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